Maintaining crystal clear, sparkling and healthy pool water is a delicate balance. It takes routine care to keep it that way. There are a few common pool issues that may crop up over the course of pool ownership. The good news is that most of them are minor and easy to fix if detected early. Aquaman Pools explains five common pool problems — and their solutions.
Discolored Water — There is no bigger disappointment than going out into the backyard only to be greeted by a green or yellowish hued pool. Homeowner should know that discolored pool water is almost certainly a sign that algae is starting to blossom. This process happens quickly, especially in warmer water during summer, so it’s vital to catch this problem at the onset and take care of it immediately.
A home pool water test kit can confirm whether the problem really is due to algae. Once confirmed, homeowners can shock the pool to kill the algae. Next, they should brush down the side walls, bottom and all surfaces to loosen any dead algae attached to the interior of the pool. Finally, turn on the pool vacuum to completely restore the water to its clean, clear origins.
Cloudy Water — Much like a green or otherwise discolored pool, cloudy pool water is a sign that a different uninvited guest has taken up residency in the pool. Bacteria build-up generally is a result of low chlorine levels. A quick water test and the addition of chemicals can get things back in balance in no time, if caught quickly.
Dirty or Clogged Filter — A dirty or clogged filter can make a filter ineffective, which can lead to a host of problems or even a burn out. It’s vital to a healthy pool (and to avoid a costly repair or replacement!) to clear out the pool filter on a regular basis. While a pool owner is at it, clear out the skimmer basket often too!
pH Imbalance — The ideal range for healthy pool water is between 7.2 and 7.6 pH. Anything outside of this range can lead to irritation to swimmers’ eyes, skin and more. Once again, a pool water test kit can help pool owners determine the water’s level so they can rebalance it with the addition of the necessary chemicals.
Leaky Filter — More often than not, a leaky filter is the result of a worn out, cracked, ripped or broken O-ring, which is located between the filter’s head and body. Checking the O-ring on occasion to make sure it’s still in good condition is a good idea for any pool owner. An O-ring in need of repair that is no longer working properly can cause damage to the pool that might require a costly fix.
These five problems can most often be prevented or at the very lease prolonged with regular pool maintenance. As always, the skilled and professional technicians at Aquaman Pools would be happy to take over this task for any valley homeowner — so call today!